Android 4.4 tweak puts the battery percentage in the status bar

Android 4.4 tweak puts the battery percentage in the status bar
It looks like Google has been playing around with the idea of putting the battery percentage in the same battery indicator icon that you'll find in your device's status bar. The good folks over at XDA have found a way to pretty easily tweak a setting in Android 4.4 KitKat that will put the battery percentage number inside the battery indicator.

There is the (relatively) difficult way to tweak the settings, which involves pushing some commands over to your device over ADB. Many Nexus 5 users likely wouldn't have an issue doing that, but most casual consumers might be put off by having to install the Android developer tools and using the command line to tweak settings. Luckily, there is also a much easier way to tweak the setting: with an app. 

All you'd have to do is install the app, run it, reboot your device, and you're done. You can even uninstall the app after that because it is tweaking a setting within the system and the the app is unnecessary after that. The only downside to the tweak is that the battery percentage is hard-coded to be white... on a white battery meter. So, it can be kind of useless until you get past 50%. The color could theoretically be changed, but a tweak like that would cause future OTA updates to fail, so it's not worth the effort for now.

If you want to give it a try, the APK links are at the source.

source: XDA via pocketnow



1. datsyuk

Posts: 180; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

Always forget that feature isn't there since I always flash ROMs but so crazy it hasn't been introduced yet!

2. Magenta

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

If you use an app such as Battery Doctor (Battery Saver), it also displays the correct percentage of your battery level. com.ijinshan.kbatterydoctor_en

3. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

But I like the battery circle better

6. ilia1986 unregistered

Aye, the circle is awesome. :)

4. bwhiting

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

The apk is not actually loading up at all, saying that it is a prasing error when I try to install the apk from the website onto my phone through the website. Anyone has a stable apk file that works?

5. SiiLo unregistered

It might just be a bad download. I get those all the time trying to download directly from my phone. Try it again, if that doesn't work just download it from a computer.

7. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012


8. GeekMovement unregistered

It'd be nice to have an option to check battery temperature as well so I can ditch my third party battery app.

9. Cyan3boN

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

49 to 28 in just half an hour !!!!!

10. andynaija

Posts: 1261; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

I noticed it as well!

15. _PHug_

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

Yeah the battery life on the Nexus 5 & 4 is horrendous. I'm sure there will be some blind homer jumping in here soon to claim it lasts 2 days of heavy usage.

11. Pedro0x

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

Finally, I can´t believe that it took Google so long, xda has this feature for as long as I can remember :). Also there aren´t any alternatives like in xda, you have massive amounts of choices for the battery icon, so again i will have to root the phone just to get features that should have been there :(. I think that google should implement all of the best xda features into stock android, just imagine that, if Google would do that the gap between Android - IOS ----- WP would suddenly get so much wider. And ofcourse don´t forget the "xda optimization".

12. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

Don't like showing battery percentage as I become paranoia of my battery! Simple blue or white battery icon still the coolest!

13. W.P._Android_in_that_Order

Posts: 208; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

All of my Samsung devices already show the battery, so I'm all set.

14. W.P._Android_in_that_Order

Posts: 208; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

And for my Nexus device, I use the app called 'battery'

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